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African Partnership Flight commences in Ghana

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col Brady Vaira, right, 435th Contingency Response Group deputy commander, meets with airman from Chad following African Partnership Flight opening ceremony Sept. 12, 2016. Twelve African counties are participating in AFP Ghana with the common goal of increasing regional capabilities while building relationships throughout West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephanie Longoria)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col Brady Vaira, right, 435th Contingency Response Group deputy commander, meets with airman from Chad following African Partnership Flight opening ceremony Sept. 12, 2016. Twelve African counties are participating in AFP Ghana with the common goal of increasing regional capabilities while building relationships throughout West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephanie Longoria)

Staff Sgt. Robby Royster, right, 435th Security Forces Squadron jumpmaster meets with Ghanaian army airborne students to discuss training objectives during African Partnership Flight in Accra Air Base, Ghana Sept. 12, 2016. The Ghanaian army will be parachuting off an C-130J Super Hercules during APF, this is will help them maintain certification and remain current on personnel drops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephanie Longoria)

Staff Sgt. Robby Royster, right, 435th Security Forces Squadron jumpmaster meets with Ghanaian army airborne students to discuss training objectives during African Partnership Flight in Accra Air Base, Ghana Sept. 12, 2016. The Ghanaian army will be parachuting off an C-130J Super Hercules during APF, this is will help them maintain certification and remain current on personnel drops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephanie Longoria)

African Partnership Flight participants pose in front of an C-130J Super Hercules for a group photo Sept. 12, 2016. Twelve West African counties are participating in APF Ghana, the focus of this APF is expeditionary air base buildup. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephanie Longoria)

African Partnership Flight participants pose in front of an C-130J Super Hercules for a group photo Sept. 12, 2016. Twelve West African counties are participating in APF Ghana, the focus of this APF is expeditionary air base buildup. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephanie Longoria)

Ghanaian Air Advice Marshal Maxwell Nagai, welcomes African Partnership Flight participates to Accra Air Base, Ghana, during the opening ceremony Sept. 12, 2016. APF is a multi-lateral military-to-military engagement that enhances regional cooperation, increase interoperability and builds aviation capacity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephanie Longoria)

Ghanaian Air Advice Marshal Maxwell Nagai, welcomes African Partnership Flight participates to Accra Air Base, Ghana, during the opening ceremony Sept. 12, 2016. APF is a multi-lateral military-to-military engagement that enhances regional cooperation, increase interoperability and builds aviation capacity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephanie Longoria)

A Ghanaian airman gives an invocation during the opening ceremony of African Flight Partnership in Accra Air Base, Ghana, Sept. 12, 2016. APF is a premier program for delivering aviation security cooperation to African partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephanie Longoria)

A Ghanaian airman gives an invocation during the opening ceremony of African Flight Partnership in Accra Air Base, Ghana, Sept. 12, 2016. APF is a premier program for delivering aviation security cooperation to African partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephanie Longoria)

ACCRA, Ghana -- Approximately 50 U.S. personnel along with 100 Ghanaian and partner nation military participants were welcomed to African Partnership Flight in Ghana during an opening ceremony, Sept. 12.

"I would like to welcome the men and women from our sister African countries and the U. S. Air Force to the air force base Accra," said Maxwell Nagai, Ghanaian air advice marshall. "The Ghana air force is proud to co-host the APF for the second time. The purpose of this year's program is to teach skills and exchange ideas that will benefit all Africa, aircraft and air forces."

African Partnership Flight was designed as a combined learning environment for both U.S. and African partner nations in order to build aviation capacity, enhance regional cooperation and increase interoperability.

"Our focus for APF Ghana is expeditionary air base buildup," said Capt. Aaron Charbonneau, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, APF Ghana planner. "We want these nations to gain interoperability, strengthen their armed forces and exercise this capability to fight their own threats."

Over the course of five days, instructors and participants comprised of Airmen from USAFE-AFAFRICA will conduct classroom instruction and hands-on training in areas such as deployment command and control; airfield standup and operations; airbase logistical support; airbase defense; C-130 tactics, techniques and procedures; and aerial patient movement.

"APF 2016 theme is expeditionary air operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. The relevance of this theme can't be emphasized [enough] when we look at the challenges that Africa has faced," Nagai said. "Unfortunate events like the Ebola outbreak, highlight the need for training on expeditionary air operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. These priorities will be practice both within and outside the classroom."

The intent of APF is to build strong transparent partnerships that enhance regional stability and security through formal alliances, partnerships or simple exchanges of information.

"We give a lot of training but we gain their culture in return, which is really important in building trust with our African partners," Charbonneau said.

Events will conclude on Sept. 16.